The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

14th December 2014


Update: 21st December: Fr Tattersall celebrates Sung Mass for the Feast of St Francis Xavier on 3rd December in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Photos available here

Update: 20th December: Fr Tattersall celebrates Sung Mass for the Feast of St Bibiana on 2nd December in Klang, Malaysia - the first Extraordinary Form Mass in Malaysia for over 40 years. Photos available here


From the Parish Priest’s desk….

Dear Parishioners,

As a community, we have had much to be thankful for in 2014 - most especially, the grant of a Personal Parish by His Grace, Archbishop Hart. This Christmas, let us renew our prayers of thanksgiving to Our Lord, Our Lady, and Bl. John Henry Newman, for this grace. Let us also resolve to correspond more generously in 2015 and beyond, with the graces we have received. I ask everyone in particular to consider what he might contribute to the maintenance of the Church, to catechesis and education, and also to the missionary task of the Church (evangelisation).

I thank those who have taken the opportunity to show their support for the Parish by registering as Parishioners, and those who further support the clergy and the work of the Parish, by their participation in planned giving. I urge those who have not yet done so to join the Parish, and the planned giving programme. I will be offering Mass for the needs and intentions of all the helpers and benefactors of the parish, at 10.00 am on St Stephen’s Day, Friday 26th December.

The second Synod on the Family, due to be held in October next year, will likely dominate the life of the Church in 2015. We must do all we can – as individuals, in our families, and as a Parish, to defend and articulate the traditional teaching and discipline of the Church on human life, sexuality, marriage and the family, and the Sacraments.

I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Masses, and perhaps at the Convivium on Christmas Eve. Together with Frs McDaniels and Marshall, I wish you and your family and friends a Blessed and Merry Christmas, and a grace-filled New Year.

Fr Glen Tattersall, Parish Priest


We present, a ringing and comprehensive affirmation of the Faith concerning Marriage and the Family, professed by Catholic Parishioners in Virginia, USA. In this profession, we see fidelity to Christ, together with compassion and zeal for souls. May it be an inspiration to us all.

Affirmation of Faith Concerning Marriage and the Family

We, the Pastor and the Parochial Vicar, in union with the parishioners of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal, Virginia, have signed the following Affirmation of Faith concerning Marriage and the Family as a sign of our fidelity to Christ and His Holy, Catholic Church.

Issues were raised and discussed during the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome (October 5-79,2074), touching upon essential elements of the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Magisterium, resulting in much confusion amidst the laity, and distortion by the secular media, so that we find ourselves deeply stirred to manifest our fidelity to Our Lord and His Church by publicly reaffirming those parts of Catholic Doctrine that seem to have been put in doubt.

We thereby reaffirm our submission to the One, True Church, and plead with Pope Francis, Christ's Vicar on earth, to proclaim and defend the authentic teaching of the Magisterium against those within and without the Church who seek to misrepresent, dilute or contradict the truths relating to marriage and family life,

1. We believe that the Sacrament of Matrimony, as established by Jesus Christ Himself, which images His own union with His Church, is indissoluble. Marriage is a holy and irrevocable vow and promise, made to God, between one man and one woman which is to be open to the children, which He may want to send them, and commits the couple to lifelong fidelity. As a consequence of this vow, and the sacramental grace it effects, many wonderful families have been established and exist among us. Also the many flourishing families in our parish are outstanding witnesses of the Grace of God who enables them to be able to keep their promise to each other and to Him.

2. We believe that anyone who breaks that marriage bond and remarries outside the Catholic Church, without first securing an annulment, sadly places oneself in an irregular union which is objectively a grave mortal sin! Though we dare not judge the heart of any person, we must view such marriages as invalid, and lacking sacramental grace.

3. We believe, as St. Paul taught, that anyone living in the state of sin or being conscious of having committed any mortal sin, should not receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. To do so would result in sacrilege. Therefore, remarried divorced persons cannot be allowed to receive Holy Communion, until they manifest genuine repentance, followed by an amendment of life which removes them from an objective state of sin. Those who find themselves unable or unwilling to rectify their irregular situation are nonetheless children of God and should persevere in a life of prayer and penitence, not despairing of someday returning to His Grace and reception of the Sacraments. They should avoid presumption by not taking lightly their being in the state of sin, and be mindful of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.

4. We hope and pray that all individuals who have put their own souls in jeopardy by choices which result in their alienation from the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist, may find in our parish the inspiration and means to better form their consciences in accord with the teachings of Christ and His Bride, the Church.

5. We believe that God instituted the Sacrament of Matrimony primarily for the procreation of children and their education in eternal truths, unto Vita Aeterna. "Be fruitful and multiply." As a primary end of marriage is procreation, the Church must work to defend the traditional understanding of this Sacrament so that children may be welcomed and grow up with the blessing of two loving parents in a stable and enduring family life. "Let the little ones come to Me," Our Lord said. May they not find themselves to be "abandoned orphans of divorce."

6. We believe that God calls every Catholic family to be open to the children He intends to send, so that any form of artificial contraception or the selfish use of natural family planning, must be seen as objectively sinful and be strenuously opposed.

To be continued next week…..


There will be a Parish convivium at Maryvale on Christmas Eve, from 10.00 – 11.30 pm. Please bring a contribution by way of food and/or drink.

Christmas offering envelopes are available in the pews and in the vestibule. These should be placed in the first collection. Your contribution is for the support of the priests assigned to the Newman Parish. Thank you for your generosity.

Planned Giving Envelopes for 2015 are now available for collection after Mass.

Please note Extraordinary Form Mass regularly celebrated on Wednesday at the Cathedral will not resume until Wednesday, 7th January.

Copies of Treasure & Tradition – the ultimate guide to the Latin Mass, are available today for $30 each after Mass. The new CD of Prima Luce is also available for $30. Both would make excellent Christmas gifts.

Confessions will be available before and during each Mass today, and after weekday Masses this week from Monday – Wednesday. Please note that there will be no Confessions available on Christmas Eve night, or Christmas Day morning.

The last adult catechesis for the year will be held today from 12.15 – 1.00 pm. We will resume in February, 2015.

Fr Tattersall will be absent from 1st – 30th January, 2015. He will be attending the International Conference of Clergy being held in Rome from 5th - 9th January.

Photos of Mass celebrated in Kuala Lumpur during Fr Tattersall’s recent pastoral visit are now on our website: Alaister Lim’s preparation of the servers was perfect! Alaister sends his good wishes, and thanks all those who are praying for him.

Br Shawn Murphy returns from Toronto this week for a brief holiday with his family, before attending the Roman Conference for Clergy with the Fathers of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. The Oratory in Formation will commence formally in Brisbane on 26th May, 2015, the feast of St Philip Neri. Br Shawn will be Subdeacon at Midnight Mass.

Michael Wood has transferred to the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese, and expects to continue his priestly formation next year at Vianney College in Wagga Wagga. Our prayers and best wishes go with Michael as he continues his studies.

Evangelium Summer School: to be held on the Australia Day Weekend (23rd – 26th January, 2015) at Corpus Christi College, Carlton. Delve into 2,000 years of Church history – from St Peter to Pope Francis. Young adults interested in receiving a scholarship (limited numbers available) are invited to contact Fr Tattersall. For more information, and to register, visit

  • Newman Fellowship for Young Adults

    Our next meeting will welcome back our own Shawn Murphy, former Newman Fellowship organizer, and now novice at the Toronto Oratory.

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  • Catechesis Classes

    Fortnightly Catechesis based on the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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  • Bible Study Classes

    No previous knowledge is required, and everyone is welcome.

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  • Catholic Women's League Newman Parish Group

    Join the regular CWL meetings at Maryvale after Solemn Mass.

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  • Support Shawn Murphy and the Oratory

    Find out how to help Shawn, currently a Novice at the Toronto Oratory, in his formation for the Brisbane Oratory

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  • Psallamus - Our Mixed Choir

    Psallamus is our regular choir - further information and recordings are available here.

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  • The Newman Singers - Our new choir

    Find out how to join the Newman Singers, our new mixed choir. Young men and women welcome.

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  • The Wolff Organ

    The organ is of very high historical and musical significance as one of only two two-manual organs built by J.W. Wolff to survive intact

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Bishop Meeking Holy Week Homilies

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Homily on our 10th Anniversary

Bishop Elliott celebrated Mass at St Aloysius' on 3rd February, 2013 to mark our 10th anniversary.